Cause of P.I. fire still unknown

Posted Jan. 30, 2009, at 8:25 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:02 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The cause of the fire that gutted the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club last weekend may never be known.

Darrell White, the chief of the Presque Isle Fire Department, said the cause of the Jan. 24 fire likely would be listed as “undetermined.”

“We suspect that it was electrical, but we can’t say for sure,” he said Friday. “The building was so destroyed by the fire that we can’t determine exactly what happened.”

When firefighters went to the fire at the clubhouse Saturday, Jan. 24, flames from the structure were visible as they approached, and the building’s roof was collapsed when they arrived.

Forty firefighters responded to the alarm from the Presque Isle department, with mutual aid supplied by the Easton and Mapleton fire departments at the scene.

The crews battled snow and temperatures hovering around 15 degrees below zero.

White said the State Fire Marshal’s Office was not called because of the extent of damage to the building, which was vacant at the time of the blaze.

jlbdn@ainop.com

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